Europa and the Bull, located on the University of Tennessee campus on McClung Plaza, is one of three recasts of the work by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles that exist in the world.
So how’s this for a creative idea for a fundraiser?
Knox Heritage every year asks photographers to take pictures of historic buildings in a different part of Knoxville. It then selects the 12 best photos and makes a set of postcards out of them. In addition to selling them as a package on the Knox Heritage website (click here), the non-profit sells tickets to a guided tour narrated by Jack Neely of the locations that were selected, preceded by a cocktail party.
The cocktail party was held at McClung Museum at Circle Park on the UT campus. McClung Museum has some very interesting artifacts about our area.
This mosasaur, a sea dinosaur, was above our heads at McClung Museum while we enjoyed cocktails and appetizers.
Dinosaurs of several different kinds constitute just one facet of the extensive collection of artifacts at McClung Museum, located in UT's Circle Park.
John Owens and Karen Sundback examine the dinos as they wait for our tour to start.
Another secton of McClung features Native American items including this arrowhead collection.
Native American sculpture: a bottle found near Chattanooga
This little hippo is in the Egyptian section of McClung.
As is this.
The inner coffin of an Egyptian priestess
Julia Bentley, left, and Kim Trent in nearly matching prints, relaxing before the Friday evening tour.
Barbara Apking, left, and Joan Markel
Stained glass from Knoxville's L&N Depot. I was partial to this because Alan and I had our rehearsal dinner at the L&N Station.
One of the two Chinese Lions of Fu at McClung. It dates to the 19th century.
My favorite part of any museum is the gift shop!
Another set of matching outfits: Angie Campbell and Mike Combs
Alan Carmichael and Carol Cortese
Mike and Sallie Ehrhardt
Jack Neely, an expert on Knoxville history, told us the tour was about to start.
First stop: Circle Park
UT dates its founding to 1794 when Blount College was built on the site where the Tennessee Theatre now stands. But that school was closed for 11 years beginning in 1809. It reopened as East Tennessee College in that spot. It moved to “The Hill” in 1826 and reopened in 1828 in its current location which was, at the time, outside the city limits of Knoxville. In 1879 it became the state University of Tennessee.
Stone outcropping at Circle Park
Neely said most people look at Circle Park and assume it was a landscaping project that UT might have undertaken sometime in the 1960s. But, actually, it is the oldest public park in Knoxville, having been built in 1888. Considered the public park for West Knoxville, it originally was surrounded by Victorian houses.
Margaret Weeks, left, and Elizabeth McCarty. Elizabeth's husband, Bruce, was considered UT's "go-to" architect in the late '60s and '70s, Neely said.
Bruce McCarty was the architect for McClung Tower, our next stop.
Terry and Donna Wertz at McClung Plaza
The Clarence Brown Theatre was designed by Bruce McCarty in 1970. It is named for the Hollywood director whom Neely described as "the most generous donor in UT history."
Clarence Brown worked closely with McCarty to design the building so that “every seat seems close to the stage,” Neely noted.
Jack Neely is a great guide. He is very familiar with his topics, but also knows to share the little fascinating details that folks will find interesting.
Neely didn't say anything about this controversial sculpture outside Clarence Brown Theatre. Folks either love it or hate it. I'm in the "love it" camp.
Next we went to Melrose Hall, built in 1946. It was a Barber and McMurry design. "Charlie Barber loved 'collegiate gothic,'" Neely noted. "He was a romantic and loved this Old World style."
Here we are at Melrose Hall.
This is Hopecote, built in 1924, located on Melrose Avenue.
Hopecote, designed by John Fanz Staub, won “House Beautiful” magazine’s first design competition in 1925. It is considered an excellent example of the English Cottage Revival style and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
We were lucky to run into Gary Stinnett, who has been the caretaker of Hopecote since 1990. He had the keys and invited us inside. Today, Hopecote is a guest house for UT's distinguished visitors.
Hopecote features hand-hewn timber salvaged from a 19th century barn on the grounds of the birthplace of Admiral David Farragut.
This photo of Mrs. Albert Hope made in the 1890s has come to be known as "the Knoxville madonna." She and her husband commissioned their nephew, Staub, to design the house.
Bonnie and Dick Anders
Next stop: Tyson House, also listed on the National Register, located at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Volunteer Boulevard. It is named for Gen. Lawrence D. Tyson, who was UT's military commandant in the 1890s and would later serve in the state Legislature.
Tyson House was built in 1895 and remodeled by George Barber in 1907. Today it houses the Office of Alumni Affairs.
If you are ever asked in a trivia contest to name a place on UT campus where you can find Corinthian columns, say "Tyson House."
This is the Weston Fulton House and it is slated to be torn down by UT. Located at 900 Volunteer Boulevard, it was built in 1913 by Knoxville industrialist Weston Fulton, who lived in it for 30 years. It also has been a hospital.
Tennessee's largest persimmon tree, according to Jim Cortese of Cortese Tree Service, is located at Henson Hall.
At this point, though the tour still had a few more stops, Alan and I peeled off and headed to dinner. On our way to the car, we saw this beautiful little cat beside Stokely Management Center.
The cute kitty would not let us get near it.
It was a lovely Friday evening. Thanks to all who put it together and, especially, to Jack Neely.